building

noun
build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.
Recent Examples on the Web With orange gloves on, Marina Smelianskaia, 53, a former lab worker, dug her shovel into a pile of rubble to clear it from the building’s front stoop. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 Emergency dispatchers received a call from a passerby who saw fire coming from an office building on Sunday morning, Madison Police communications supervisor Keith Johnson told CNN. Hannah Sarisohn, CNN, 8 May 2022 Thirty people were safely evacuated from the building’s rubble but the other 60 people remain trapped and are presumed to be dead, the governor said. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 8 May 2022 With orange gloves on, Marina Smelianskaia, 53, a former lab worker, dug her shovel into a pile of rubble to clear it from the building’s front stoop. Max Bearak And Isabelle Khurshudyan, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 But at least 50 women, children and elderly people were rescued from the massive building, and Vereshchuk held out hopes of evacuating a few more. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 The 19th century hotel is located just across the street from Cuba's Capitol building and frequents high-profile guests. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 It is located just across the street from Cuba's National Capitol building. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 6 May 2022 Police cordoned off the area as firefighters and rescue workers toiled inside the wreckage of the emblematic hotel about 110 yards (100 meters) from Cuba’s Capitol building. Andrea Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

13 May 2022

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“Building.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/building. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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building

noun
build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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